Boise St.-San Diego St. Preview

San Diego State will have had three days to think about the ugly

loss that ended its 11-game winning streak. Boise State could bear

the brunt of the Aztecs’ frustration Wednesday night.

The No. 17 Aztecs look to get back on track at home, where

they’ve won eight in a row and will be facing a struggling Broncos

team that’s winless on the road.

San Diego State (18-3, 4-1 Mountain West Conference) shot a

season-low 31.3 percent as its run was snapped in a 77-60 loss at

Colorado State on Saturday. The Aztecs went 3 of 21 from 3-point

range – also a season worst – and were outrebounded 40-30.

Mountain West leading scorer Chase Tapley went 3 of 17 from the

field and scored 10 points – 6.1 below his average.

“We were beaten today. We played hard. We had a difficult time

making shots,” said coach Steve Fisher, whose team got 24 points

and 10 rebounds from Jamaal Franklin. “Part of that goes to

Colorado State and how they guarded. We had a hard time making

shots and they made shots. They were 23 of 23 from the free-throw

line. Today they were without question the better team.”

That’s only been the case once for San Diego State this season

in 14 games at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs have outscored opponents by

nearly 16 points per game at home and have given up an average of

55.5 during their eight straight wins there.

San Diego State has won 32 of its last 33 at home against

non-conference opponents, and should also be well-rested after a

week of arduous travel brought on by bad weather.

“I’m not going to place the blame (for the loss) on us

traveling. We understand how our conference is and the climates,”

forward Tim Shelton said. “That’s not the reason at all.”

The Aztecs have gone 76 games without suffering consecutive

defeats, and Boise State would have to score a major upset to

prevent that streak from continuing. The Broncos (10-10, 0-5) have

struggled in their first season in the MWC, losing six in a row

with the last five coming in league play.

The most recent defeat came by a score of 75-64 to Wyoming at

home Saturday. Boise State allowed the Cowboys to shoot 65.8

percent, though the Broncos did outscore Wyoming 44-42 in the

second half.

“It’s really tough,” coach Leon Rice said. “There comes a time

where you just want them to get rewarded for some hard work. You

look around, and there’s just nowhere to come up for air in this

league.”

Joe Hanstad scored 13 points, Ryan Watkins added 12 and Tre’

Nichols had 11 for the Broncos, who are 0-7 on the road.

San Diego State has gone 38 consecutive games without allowing a

team to shoot 50 percent from the field. The Aztecs have held

conference opponents to 37.7 percent.

The only meeting between San Diego State and Boise State came

Dec. 16, 1976, a 78-68 Aztecs home win.